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Trophy Fishing in the NWT is Simply the Best

The Northwest Territories (NWT) is a land covered by lakes and rivers, and the barrenlands are particularly noteworthy for its legendary water bodies and historical river systems. The cold, crystal clear, and pristine waters are home to Lake Trout and Arctic Grayling. For a relatively brief period during the summer months, this land of snow and ice transforms to a mecca for anglers.

Lake Trout

When you’re trophy fishing for the legendary Lake Trout, the renowned sport fish, be prepared for record breaking thrills! These hefty “lakers” are actually considered part of the Char family, and are known for their predatory nature, huge head, large mouths and sheer size. 

Lakers grow to enormous sizes in NWT waters; they are particularly active and ferociously hungry, traits fueled by their large size and the frigid waters they call home. They constantly are eating, even when their bellies are full they’ll be in hot pursuit of another meal. It’s not uncommon to see the tail in the mouth of a laker you just caught when removing your lure. 

Lake Trout thrive in oxygen rich water and are primarily found roaming the depths of lakes where the temperature is cold. They prefer cold, deep waters and anglers often use down riggers to get to the action. Yet up here in the barren lands, the water remains cold throughout the season, so there is no need for down riggers, the action is on top. Lakers, are also known to swim up from the depths to feed when they see the flash of a lure or set their sights on an unsuspecting prey.

With this in mind, you’ll want to ensure that you have the right equipment including a minimum of 20lb test fishing line, with adequate amount of yardage on your reel when you get that lucky strike – giant Lake Trout are known for taking your lure and running, especially when they see the hull of a boat.

Lake Trout grow much slower in the north, with life spans extending decades. That’s just another reason for the lodge’s catch and release policy. Of course, exceptions are made for those tasty shore lunches. Smaller Lake Trout, locally referred to as “shakers”, roughly weigh about 6 lbs and are often kept for scrumptious meals. And if you have yet to enjoy a shore lunch at Peterson’s Point Lake Lodge, with a serving of freshly caught cold water Lake Trout you don’t know what you’re missing. These fish don’t taste the same as their southern lake cousins. Their orange and red coloured flesh makes the best shore lunch you’ve ever tasted. Don’t take our word for it, come try it for yourself!

There have been some record breaking Lake Trout caught and released in the Northwest Territories. Although Point Lake may not have this claim to fame at the moment, there’s no hesitation saying that the next world record is lurking in these waters. Stories include a guest that had a fish on the line for over six hours when his rod snapped due to the tension and it got away! Currently, the lake record is 58 lbs, and it’s just a matter of time before a new record is caught and released.

Lake Trout Fishing Methods

Trolling is the main fishing technique and it allows you to cover a lot of water, at an average depth ranging between 15 – 25 feet. Jigging is also a commonly used technique and can result in some real giants. 

Fly-fishing for Lake Trout is also becoming increasingly popular, due to its productive results. It’s perfect for wrangling lakers in the shallows especially when the water’s surface is calm and the shakers come up to the surface to feed on files. These are particularly exciting times where you can see pools of dorsal fins and tails break the surface water. This condition also benefits trolling and jigging as trophy Lake Trout watch for their next meal.

As they say, the tug is the drug and getting a hit is just the start. Landing your trophy fish, the one at the end of your line that keeps your rod bent until your arms are sore, is the thrill that’ll have you telling stories at the end of the day. In 2023 a new fly-fishing lake record was set; 32 lbs is the record to beat!

Lakers hit in all types of weather conditions and our expert guides know how to put you in the action. The Peterson’s Point Lake Lodge professional guide team members not only love fishing and guiding, they are also fun to be around; we’re sure you’ll enjoy spending your day on the lake with them.

Arctic Grayling

Arctic Grayling, a second cousin to the Lake Trout are also found in the area surrounding Point Lake. Peterson’s Point Lake Lodge has access to two known fishing spots for these feisty fish. Although grayling are significantly smaller than Lake Trout, they are just as lively, and a lot of fun to catch, providing the finest fly fishing experience.

Sometimes referred to as Bluefish, Arctic Grayling, are known for their colorful and large dorsal fin. With easy access directly behind the Peterson’s Point Lake Lodge guest cabins, you have the opportunity to fish for them at any time of the day or night. Whether you prefer to fish onshore, use one of the available floater tubes or canoes it’s up to you. In addition to fly fishing, a small spinning rod and reel, with accompanying Mepps or a very small spoon works great as well!

Awe-inspiring Scenery – NWT Barrenlands

When there’s a lull in the action, it’s a great time to seize the opportunity to take in and enjoy the spectacular scenery and keep watch for wildlife, including caribou, moose, grizzly bears, and a variety of birds from raptors to songbirds and ducks. Sit back and enjoy a hot cup of coffee as you try different techniques and lures, while you share banter among friends.

The lure to Peterson’s Point Lake Lodge may be the Lake Trout, or the pristine wilderness that inspires you to pause to catch your breath, but we believe it’s much more than that. Unforgettable memories, great times and lasting friendships will keep you returning for years to come. 

Updated on June 6, 2024

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